Q&A with Cyclone senior Elizabeth Chermel

Chermel shares her finals thoughts as she wraps up her senior season

Elizabeth Chermel is a senior majoring in business from Southlake, Texas. She has played at No. 3 and No. 4 singles this year, and partners with teammate Kara Hickey in the No. 2 doubles spot.

How long have you been playing tennis?

"I started playing tennis at 11 and started playing competitively at age 13. I have been playing for about 10 years now."

Talk about your recruiting process and how you came to the decision of choosing Iowa State? Did other players from Texas help you in your decision?

"Texas is strong section for tennis because it's fun when we play different schools and go play at tournaments. It helped because I had a good friend in high school who played at Colorado and so I thought the Big 12 sounded kind of fun. I have a lot of good close friends in tennis and seeing where they were going and then I wanted to go somewhere good so I could share and have something to talk about with them. No one really helped me. It's just based on your rankings and how you do in tournaments. I went to the National Hardcourt Tournament and so all the college coaches come there and talk to the student-athletes and do all the recruiting from there. Michele was one of the first coaches I talked to. I kind of wanted to get out of Texas and be around something different. The Big 12 Conference definitely had something to do with it and the schedule. It would be a touch competition. I knew I would get back to Texas a lot and even Oklahoma is close to home. There were three or four other schools that I looked at but I committed pretty early so I didn't spend a lot of time looking around. I just wanted to know where I was going so I didn't have to worry about it the rest of my senior year in high school."

What's one of your favorite trips that you've been on for tennis?

"I've enjoyed all of our spring break trips. This last trip to Hawaii was amazing. I think overall we played pretty well out there. I like the trips because it's nice to get away but at the same time it's bring our team closer together. We're playing about a week together, the whole time."

What have you accomplished in this season?

"I think Kara and I have had some good doubles matches. Doubles is the strong part of our team and we did really in our fall tournament matches."

Describe the team in one word.

"I think fun and goofy. I think we all really enjoy each other's company, whether we're playing tennis or just hanging out together."

What are some of you career goals? What do you hope to do after graduation?

"I graduate in December and then I'll head to law school, hopefully back in Texas."

Are there any final thoughts or comments on your season?

"I've been playing competitively for half my life now and I'm going to be done. It's just hasn't sunk in yet, so it still just seems like the middle of the season. I'm sure it'll hit me at the end of the year when the season's over but right now I'm just going and going all the time that I don't have time to stop and think about it."

Anything you would like to say about your teammates or advice to pass along to them?

"I've talked to them about this before but each year goes by faster and faster. Just have fun and do the best you can all the time. Before you know it's going to be done. Work hard and practice hard but have fun because it's supposed to be the greatest four years of your life."

Advice for future players

"I think one of the big differences that I've seen and from past players is that college is all about self-motivation. In high school you have people telling you to do things but in college you have to be the one telling yourself to go to class and to go to practice. You have a lot of control over what you do."

What can you take out of your experience from playing tennis with Iowa State? What are some of the main things that you've learned?

"I just think it's been a great experience overall. It has been fun traveling around to different schools and places I wouldn't have gone to otherwise. I've met a ton of great people and have had great teammates all four years. That's one of the main reasons why I came here because I love the team and how they got along and of the way we interacted with each other as teammates."

Is there a match that you're looking forward as you're getting closer to the end of the season.

"I'm looking forward to the Big 12 tournament because it's closer to home and I'll get to see my family and they'll see me play my last match."


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